Who is the 'Black Dog Strangler'?

  • Phillip Westwater, 44, was detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act in 1989 following a pub fight where he left a man paralysed for life after slashing him across the throat with a shard of glass.
  • He later strangled a fellow patient at Ashworth Hospital, Liverpool, with his dressing gown cord after he became convinced that his victim was a black dog.
  • The 'Black Dog Strangler' married a nurse while he was a patient at high-security Rampton Hospital in 2008.
  • Westwater escaped from a secure hospital in Gosforth, Newcastle, at 10am this morning after asking to go to the toilet. He left his clothing in the toilet.


'Black Dog Strangler' found

Convicted killer Phillip Westwater, 44, who was dubbed the Black Dog Strangler, has been located safely and is back in a secure ward at the St Nicholas Hosital, Jubilee Road, Gosforth, Northumbria Police said.